Blog - Investment property

What are the risks of buying a bargain?

Is there such thing as buying a bargain when it comes to property? Some experts are fond of saying you make money when you buy, therefore you should try to buy as low as possible. It seems logical, but you should never sacrifice investment fundamentals in order to buy a bargain. Here’s why: Poor quality property […]

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Labor’s negative gearing changes & why they won’t achieve what’s promised.

I’m biased, of course, but I do have some serious concerns about Labor’s negative gearing changes. We love to find a culprit for why our kids can’t afford to buy a home. First, we blamed Chinese investors, then SMSF investors, now it’s “the wealthy”, or what I call “attack the fat cat”. It’s a highly […]

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Capital growth or yield? Which will make you rich?

When it comes to giving investment property advice, I am a firm believer in QUALITY property, not quantity and capital growth is always my primary objective. I really don’t see the point in building a portfolio of properties that deliver high rents yet fail to grow in value. (I will put in a caveat, however: […]

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Is your first home or investment property really your most important property purchase?

I recently heard a story about a young couple who saved like mad so they could buy their first home. They were buying in Sydney and prices were rising rapidly (this was back in 2016) and they despaired that they’d never be able to save enough to keep up with rising prices.  A solution presented […]

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Does a slowing market mean time to buy?

Property market slowing down! Isn’t this what we’ve all been waiting for? The headlines are all doom and gloom. We’ve been here before, you know. Back in December 2008 we couldn’t pay people to take the plunge and buy property. The GFC had just hit and there was extreme uncertainty in the market. Then the […]

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What is land tax and is it fair?

Why Land Tax is unfair Property investors are often shocked when they get their first land tax bill. The first question they ask is “what is land tax and why do I have to pay it?” It seems that many accountants discuss federal taxes with their clients but little thought is given to this state […]

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Emotional property buying mistakes to avoid

The first thing I am going to say about emotion and buying property is that you can’t avoid it. The biggest mistake, therefore, is to think you can make decisions without emotion. The fact is that our unconscious – or emotional – mind drives us more than we realise. Some psychologists estimate that 80% of […]

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Guide to the Tricky Business of Property and Tax for Aussies Living Overseas

Over the years we have helped many expats buy property in Sydney, either for investment or as a future home. Most of our clients never planned to move away from Australia permanently and they often worried about being left behind financially if they didn’t own a property in Sydney. Without having a set date for […]

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